this little Stablemate!
So those are the ins and outs of the Breyer horse world. I myself have been collecting seriously since about 1990. Since I've spent most of that time being a poor starving student, I've had to choose carefully how I spent my limited funds. Every year I try to get as many of the special runs as I can. Then, from the regular line of Breyers, there's two recurring models that I always buy - the Limited Edition, which is a horse that will only be produced by the company during that year, and the Hall of Fame Edition (used to be called the Commemorative Edition) which is limited to 10,000 pieces. Then I'll usually buy any brand new models, or any of the regular runs which I think is just too beautiful not to have. In this way, I've amassed a collection of around 300 horses (I haven't really counted recently ;-).
Besides Breyer horses, we also carry a variety of Hagen-Renaker Ceramic Horse Models, Schleich Horse and Animal Models & The World of Knights Line, Equine Collection by Legends Porcelon Model Horses, Fiddler's Elbow Horse and Dog Flags & Mini Flags and MWW`s animal-themed doormats, doorstops, pillows, bellpulls and pet placemats.
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Unlike some collectible toys, Breyer horse packaging does not generally affect the model's value. Unfortunately, there have been some issues with pre-2000s packaging, in which if a model is left in the box for an extended period of time, the box can actually cause harm to the horse's finish due to rubbing of the horse's paint on the sides of the box or on the plastic ties binding it to the packaging, therefore diminishing the model's value.